Benzalkonium Chloride Hand Sanitizer Safety
And in fact the vast majority of hand sanitizers on the market are ethyl alcohol based.
Benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizer safety. The fda alert s below may be specifically about benzalkonium chloride or relate to a group or class of drugs which include benzalkonium chloride. Benzalkonium chloride is the active ingredient in many hand sanitizers due to its superior ability to continue killing germs for hours after drying. On 24th april 2019 fda published final rule stating that the three active ingredients namely benzalkonium chloride ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol are the only. Material safety data sheet 1 of 6 i c.
Food and drug administration issued a final rule thursday designed to help ensure that hand sanitizers available over the counter are safe and effective for those who rely. Amid the novel corona virus outbreak covid 19 we are getting many questions about fda requirements for hand sanitizers and other questions related to fda regulations for hand sanitizers. Uses for benzalkonium chloride skin antiseptics to protect scrapes and cuts over the counter single application treatments for herpes cold sores and fever blisters. Hand hygiene a patient care website says the food and drug administration or fda recommends a 60 to 90 percent concentration of either ethanol or isopropanol.
George the u s. Benzalkonium chloride along with both ethanol and isopropanol is deemed eligible by fda external icon for use in the formulation of healthcare personnel hand rubs 2. Department of labor may be used to comply with occupational safety and health administration. This study was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of a new commercially available hand sanitizer using 0 12 benzalkonium chloride bzk as the active ingredient in reducing transient skin contamination with staphylococcus aureus in health care workers hcws as compared with the effectiveness of a 70 ethanol based hand sanitizer.
Preservative in pharmaceuticals and personal care products such as eye ear. Benzalkonium chloride is the active germ killing ingredient in alcohol free safehands hand sanitizer foam. Following is a list of possible medication recalls market withdrawals alerts and. Fda regulations for hand sanitizers.
Cocamidopropyl betaine glyceryl laurate and polysorbate 20 are foaming agents emulsifiers and thickeners. Benzalkonium chloride fda alerts. There are a few that contain benzalkonium chloride and we are asking for specific evaluation of resistance for benzalkonium chloride. Alexa nemeth of food safety news says many sanitizers contain benzalkonium chloride a recognized antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
Could hand sanitizer decrease the body s natural defenses and thereby result in more bacteria being on people s. In these products benzalkonium chloride and cetrimonium chloride both function as biocides and surfactants for cleansing and emulsifying.
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